Modified on: Mon, Feb 26, 2018 at 2:02 PM
A passphrase is a sentence or phrase that along with your Bay Path UserID, will secure data that you have access to at the University. A passphrase has numerous benefits over a password.
Over time, information technology administrators have tried to overcome these obstacles by introducing a tremendous amount of complexity into passwords, by creating passwords that are as random as possible while adhering to typical password rules. The result is that people no longer remember their passwords, and often lead to people storing passwords insecurely (e.g., on a sticky-note under a keyboard or attached to a monitor).
Passphrases balance the need for passwords that are difficult to guess and a person's ability to memorize their passphrase. Passphrases can be anything that you'd like - a favorite quote or song lyric. An in-joke between you and a loved one. By making a long passphrase, we can drop the requirement to have highly complex passwords, as it would be very difficult for a hacker to guess.
- Contain at least 8 characters
- Contain at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, and one non-letter. Spaces are okay to use.
- Your passphrase should not contain your name, your UserID or any personally identifiable information (Social Security Number, Passport Number, etc).